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Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

Morgan McPartland teacher of Carver

May 4-8, 2020, is Teacher Appreciation Week. Everything we do in Kansas City Public Schools revolves around the relationships between our teachers and our students. I want to express my gratitude for the work our teachers do every day.

Cultural Equity

The Department of Language Services and Cultural Equity provides instructional leadership and resources to support linguistically and culturally diverse English Learners (ELs). English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction is provided to identified students who speak a first language other than English. The method of instruction depends on the students’ English proficiency and grade level. In five of our schools, we operate classrooms for EL Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE).

Our vision for student success goes beyond reclassification of ELs as proficient in English. We aim to prepare global citizens and expand opportunities for all KCPS students to become bilingual and biliterate.

KCPS is committed to providing all English Learners with a high quality, academic education that will prepare them to be lifelong learners. We develop student leaders through culturally and linguistically responsive instruction paired with culturally relevant family and community engagement.

Instructional programs and services:

  1. Co-Teaching
  2. Sheltered Instruction
  3. Newcomer Bridge Program
  4. English Learner Identification and Placement
  5. English Learner Assessment and Evaluation
  6. KCPS Seal of Biliteracy
  7. Instructional Coaching
  8. Professional Development

Newcomer Engagement and Support services:

  1. Refugee and Immigrant Cultural Brokerage
  2. Newcomer Social Work Support
  3. Newcomer Parent Engagement
  4. EL Enrollment Support
  5. Interpretation and Translation
  6. Migrant Education Program
  7. Professional Development
KCPS Family

4904 Independence Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri 64124
Phone: 816-418-5288
EMAIL: languageservices@kcpublicschools.org